One of my fond memories of living in Edinburgh was eating vegan haggis on baked potatoes from the Baked Potato Shop at the top of Cockburn Street. It was close to work so it was quite convenient unless the Edinburgh Festival was in full swing and queues out the door. I was delighted to have an opportunity to go there again this week.
I opted to have some coleslaw with my vegan haggis on a potato. This cost a more than reasonable £5.40. The photo does not do it justice. It was huge. I had a good appetite from walking around the shops and I love baked potato skins. Even so, it was too much for me. I really loved the combination and kept feeling like I was eating cheese but I think I was tasting the haggis and potato combination.
The reason I didn't take many photos inside is that there is very little room to sit. Hence I sat at the only table with a couple of other patrons who were very friendly. We chatted like old friends. It made me feel a little shy of taking many photos.
So I took a few photos outside instead. Cockburn (pronounced Co-burn) is one of the first places I ever saw in Edinburgh. Perhaps this explains my fondness for it. Or maybe it is just that the downward curve fascinates me. Or is it just that it has always had lots of interesting shops. Including the Baked Potato Shop. It is not in the below photo which is taken looking up Cockburn Street.
The Baked Potato Shop is one of Edinburgh's vegetarian gems with lots of vegan options. According to the sign, the shop was established in 1983, though I think it closed for a period. I would love to go back on this trip but there is so much to visit and it is less practical when with E and Sylvia. It is a tiny shop that is not suitable for family groups or strollers. However I highly recommend it. And as an added bonus, you can purchase a bag of Mackie's Haggis and Cracked Pepper crisps that is suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Just brilliant!
The Baked Potato Shop
56 Cockburn Street
Edinburgh Old Town
0131 225 7572
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